As an artist, I consider representations and images, and I am exploring the Lost Paradise myth with its all beauty, violence and liberation. I blend our new icons of mass-produced toys, computer-game heroes and social net symbols with the meta-narratives seen in both the Old-Testament and Classical Mythology that have formed the basis of European civilization.
The Gods and Heroes of classical mythology have mutated and are now embodied in the virtual-reality of computer games. These have become the new fetishes of mass culture and have assumed their new "flesh" in the plastic of commercial toys.
Using the mental collage technique, I arrange these several images on unpopulated universes (empty stages, organized without a contrived ‘horizon,’ but as a real world, although without atmosphere) that is created from pure chaos. I use mono-printing technique to create these "universes", which have a potential escape-route within themselves, a kind of singular place on the canvas.
If that specific passage-way were missing, the resulting chaos would evaporate into the merely decorative – a sort of ‘cosmic baroque braiding.’ When it is possible to find a way out of this immobile substance, there seems to be the promise of a breakthrough to another space and another sky, which may be the delusional trap of escapism.
born in 1980 in Moscow, Russia
She lives and works in both UK and Russia
1999 -2001 the I.Repin Saint Petersburg State Academy Institute of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture.
2001-2005 – Department of Monumental Painting of the V.Surikov Moscow State Academy Art Institute.
2013-2015 University of the Arts London, MFA in Fine Arts course in Wimbledon College of Art.
Best Student Prize, EWAAC , London, 2014
Laureate of the XVIII Moscow International Art Contest "Golden Brush" 2008
Laureate of the Youth Premium “TRIUMPH”, Moscow, 2005
2016 - Solo exhibition "Per-Version of the Myth" (Gridchinhall, 9 - 28th of July, Moscow Region)
2016 - Solo exhibition "Could a critique of contemporary consumerism also function as today’s History Painting?" (Gallery Belyaevo, 6 - 12th of April, Profsousnaya str., 100, Moscow)
2015 - Solo exhibition (2nd - 9th of May, Nude Tin Can gallery, 125 Hatfield Rd, St Albans, Hertfordshire, AL1 4JS)
2016 - Russa, Wolny&Raspollini Art Exhibition (12 of August - 30 of September, Nude Tin Can gallery, 125 Hatfield Rd, St Albans, Hertfordshire, AL1 4JS)
2016 - RBA Rising Stars 2016 ( Gallery LR Lloyds Register, 11th of February - 11th of March, 71 Fenchurch Street, London EC3M 4BS)
2015 – “H20: Water Exhibition”, (4th March – 3rd May, Art with a Heart, 82-84 George Street, Altrincham, WA14 1RF)
2015 -«Spring Salon», (2nd April — 12th April, Candid Art Trust, 3-5 Torrents st, Angel, Islington, EC1V 1NQ)2
2015 -«Portrait now», regional stage of the competition ( Erarta museum, St.Petersburg)
2014 – RED X MAS, (4th December – 4th January, Studio 1.1, 57a Redchurch Street, Shoreditich London E2 7DJ)
2014 – The ING Discerning Eye Exhibition (13-23 November, Mall Galleries, London, SW1)
2014 – The 6th Passion for Freedom London Art Festival 2014 (Embassy Tea Gallery,195 – 205 Union St, London SE1 0PB)
2014 – The Interim site-responsive exhibition by Wimbledon MFA (The Crypt Gallery, Euston Rd, London NW1 2BA)
2014 – EWAAC 2014 Finalist’s Exhibition (21-25 October, La Galleria, Pall Mall, 30 Royal Opera Arcade, London SW1Y 4UY)
2014 – “Cross-view” art exhibition of two artists – Anastasia Russa and Maria Smol’yaninova (Gallery Open Club, Moscow)
2014 – Art Exhibition “Home Is Where Art Is” (Seven artists from Wimbledon MFA at Chelsea SU exhibition space – Chelsea College of Art)
2014 – Art Exhibition “Inspired by” national art competition launched by the V&A and entrusted to Morley Gallery for 2014 ( 20 May- 19 June , Morley Gallery, 61 Westminster Bridge Road, London, SE1 7HT)
2014 – Art Exhibition “Mein Fukushima”, 30 April – 11 May (Die Färberei, Claude-Lorrain-Str. 25, 81543, München), Munich
2014 – Art Exhibition “Encounters” – Friday 21st February 2014 – Thursday 20th March 2014 (BAR Gallery, BAR Lab, 4-5 Queens Parade, Walm Lane, London NW2 5HT)
2013 – Art Exhibition “Space for living, space for creation” (The House of Artist on Kuznetskiy most, 11, Moscow)
2013 – International Video Art Festival «Now&After»
2012 – Performance “Try to fly” (Gallery Open Club, Moscow)
2012 – “Process” art exhibition of two artists – Anastasia Russa and Alexander Mironov (Gallery Open Club, Moscow)
2011 – Art Exhibition “Balloon d’essai” (Museum and Exhibition Centre “Rabochiy i Kolkhoznitsa”)
2016 - Artist's slide talk, Art Festival "Art in Interior (20th of June, BoConcept, Ukrainsky boulevard, 6, Moscow)
2015 - 2016 - Serial of lectures on Contemporary Painting (School of Visual Arts, Winzavod, 4th Syromyatnicheskiy lane, 1. bld.6, Moscow)
Residency Grant at Valparaiso Foundation, Spain, October, 2008